Many Americans dread having to pay their electricity bills, especially in the summer. Keeping the lights on, phones charged, and air conditioning running is an expensive but necessary cost. In most states, people pay over $111 a month for electricity. In some states, the average bill is less than $80, but in others it is more than $140.
With most goods or services, prices tend to increase with demand, but that is not always the case with necessities – and today electricity is a necessity. Despite this, behavior seems to be affected by price, as people tend to use more electricity in state where electricity prices are lower and less electricity in states where prices are higher. Many of the places with the highest usage are states with the lowest costs of living.